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Travel Blogs from Kumarakom
... in 1524, was buried here for 14 years, until his son took his remains back to Lisbon. In addition St Francis Xavier came to Cochin in 1530. The architecture is an intriguing mix of crumbling Portuguese and Dutch buildings but perhaps the Chinese fishing nets are the most emblematic sight. These huge structures loom up over the water at the harbour's edge and the nets are lowered, then raised with huge ceremony. On the way to the Dutch Palace (1555) and ...
... to do tasks which might take longer to perform, but then all kinds of industrial waste and pollutants are avoided. And humans make waste anyway, so why not make use of them? I really love that kind of efficacy. And I love Kerala.
After our boat journey, we headed back to the Casino Hotel and bid a sad farewell (spoiler alert: we came back to this hotel, so don't be shocked when we mention it again) to our newest friends: the folks ...
... in is air conditioned and somewhat comfortable. The drive from the port is bumpy until we hit the main roads. Allen notes that there aren’t many traffic lights or stop signs. Some intersections appear to be a free for all where vehicles converge and then make their moves. As we drive Babo tells us about Cochin and the state of Kerala, both of which are quite different from the rest of India. Cochin is divided into three areas: Old City, Port, and New ...
... fish we had ever tasted.
We then went for our 3 hour boat trip through the backwaters, which was so good. Myself and Rito got to drive the boat.
As we arrived back to our accommodation there was a festival going on, painted elephants, lots of people and the loudest fireworks we had ever heard!
... Coffee and met up with the couple to go meet the taxi man. The couple we went with were lovely enough between 50 & 60, Margaret and Frank from London, as we all introduced ourselves and squished into this taxi of course Ian blurted out 'Age before Beauty' for dibs on the front seat and Frank was bigger than us so made sense.
Well the Elephants were a good Hour and a half away so on the way there we were all chatting 'Frank' seemed nice enough abit hippyish but ...
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